The Skaneateles Festival is proud to sponsor the annual Robinson Scholarship Award. This prize was established with the intent of honoring a high school student, age 13-18, who is an accomplished performer whose character, musicianship and community service reflects those treasured values of David and Louise Robinson: enthusiasm and dedication to music of the highest quality.
This year, we are beginning the electronic application process! We encourage you to apply with the online application below. If you have any problems or questions regarding this online submission, please contact The Skaneateles Festival at 315-445-7418 or at email@example.com.
The deadline for receipt of all material is March 15.
The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, with the presentation being made at a Skaneateles Festival concert. The recipient may also be invited to perform at a future Festival event.
Applicants will be considered from the central New York area (Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Tompkins, Madison, Oneida, and Cortland counties). The applicant should demonstrate a high level of commitment to his or her school music program, and/or the Skaneateles Festival.
Applications must include the following:
1) A Musical Recording This should be unedited and feature 10-15 minutes of music. Include two contrasting styles of music (for example, Bach/ Brahms, Vivaldi/Copland, etc.). This should consist of works from the solo repertoire for your instrument (orchestral excerpts should not be included). Pieces written with accompaniment must be recorded that way for a more complete musical performance.
This can be submitted/ uploaded directly with your application via YouTube link, SoundCloud link, or uploaded file.
2) A written "Personal Statement" Please describe a meaningful musical experience and an explanation of why it was meaningful to you. Please also describe your future musical goals, as well. This piece should be no more than 500 words.
3) Two letters of recommendation from an adult, preferably at least one from a school or private music teacher. The letters of reference must speak to the applicant's character and musicianship and the ways in which he or she reflects the values of the Robinson award: enthusiasm and dedication to music of high quality.
These letters of recommendation may be submitted by the applicant within the application, or by the letter writer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through postal mail (address provided at the bottom of this page).
If you encounter technical difficulties, please submit a blank document in the application field and email us the missing document. For help, email email@example.com. If you encounter major problems, the application is available for download below and can be sent to the following address:
THE ROBINSON AWARD c/o Skaneateles Festival 97 E. Genesee Street Skaneateles, NY 13152
The traditional downloadable application is available below, as well.
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Timeline of Planning: - The Skaneateles Festival Strategic Plan 2010-2015 was developed through a series of planning exercises and conversation with trusted advisors. Among other things, the plan called for creating a capital fund to allow for the replacement of Brook Farm as the Saturday night concert venue and encouraging enriched concert programming through a temporarily restricted drawn down fund.
- A Venue Committee was developed to look at (1) concert site requirements (2) review potential sites and (3) make a recommendation to the Board. After considering venue options, they determined Anyela's Vineyard to provide the best solution and made their recommendation to the Board
- In the fall of 2013, Paula Peters of The Solstice Group, Ithaca, NY was engaged to conduct a feasibility study to determine community support for the plan. The study concluded there existed overwhelming support and Peters made recommendations for campaign goals and planning.
- From Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 a silent campaign was conducted to determine the level of early support. Through generous leadership gifts the silent campaign generated nearly 100% of goal. All Board of Directors committed with a pledge to the campaign.
- Summer 2015 - Bob and Sally Neumann provided additional incentive to grow the Artist Fund goal with a $200,000 challenge gift. Also at this time, the Robinson Pavilion Fund goal was increased to allow for even better sound and lighting equipment and a modest change to the concert shell.
- In June 2015, Sharon Magee was hired to coordinate the remaining silent and public portions of the campaign. Silent campaign activities included an event and tour of construction site at Anyela's. A campaign video is developed by Elizabeth Lane.
- October 2015, the public campaign is kicked off with a series of articles in local media. A mailing to Festival patrons and community supporters is conducted.
The 3 Funds:
The Artists Fund The Festival has enjoyed many outstanding performances by world-renowned musicians like Hilary Hahn, Time for Three and Peter Serkin. While continuing to attract vibrant new musicians, the Artists Fund will allow the Festival to seek and attract more established and often costly musicians. This Fund will provide the flexibility to meet those requirements without impacting the Festival's annual programming budget.
With a $600,000 goal, the Artists Fund will support two programming initiatives, the Artistic Directors Initiative ($200,000) and the Jazz and Innovative Programming Initiative ($400,000).
The Robinson Pavilion Fund The Robinson Pavilion will provide a new experience for Saturday night concerts. Developed on a unique site at Anyela's Vineyards in Skaneateles, concertgoers will enjoy multiple site lines to the pavilion and lake beyond. The pavilion will feature improved acoustics and sound equipment to provide a better listening experience. Moreover, patrons will appreciate enhanced lighting, parking and accessibility.
With a $500,000 goal, the Robinson Pavilion Fund will support the construction of the pavilion, including lighting and sound, as well as provide operating expenses and lease payments for 10 years.
The Legacy Fund For those Festival supporters who would like to make a lasting gift, or provide a gift through planned or estate giving, the Legacy Fund with a $3 million goal will provide the opportunity to assure the Festival's sustainability for future generations to come. The Legacy Fund, an endowment, will provide support to the annual operating budget in perpetuity, continuing the many programs of free community concerts, family concerts and educational workshops.
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For gifts of: $100-$499 You will be invited to a thank you concert at the Robinson Pavilion plus you will be recognized in the 2016 Season Program and on a Celebration Flag at Anyela's.
$500-$999 You will be invited to select thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program and larger Celebration Flag representation, plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
$1,000 - $9,999 You will be invited to all thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program and larger Celebration Flag representation, plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
$10,000 and above You will be invited to all thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program, even greater Celebration Flag representation at Anyela's plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
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Current Donors to the Festival Future Campaign (as of 2/1/16) Anonymous (3) Ivan and Mimi Ace, in honor of Louise Robinson Allyn Foundation George S. Bain Henry and Helga Beck Dave Birchenough & Carrie Lazarus Heather and Timothy Carroll Joan Christy and Tom Bersani Central New York Community Foundation Ed and Paula Conan Barb Connor and Doug Wood Susan T. Dailey Jessica and Patrick Danial Donna and Bill Davis Sid and Suzanne Devorsetz David Duggan and Lynn Cleary Emerson Foundation Michael and Noreen Falcone, Fund for Artistic Excellence Colleen and Dan Fisher Steve and Sandi Frackenpohl Koko Fuller David S. Graham Wendy Graham and Virginia Graham Livingston, in memory of Jean Graham Joe and Marie Grasso Scott Hafler Dana and Susan Hall Johnny Angel's Robin and Joyce Jowaisas Linda and Bruce Kenan Ted Kinder, in memory of George Kinder John and Maren King Daniel and Grace Labeille, in memory of Lisa Labeille Andrea Latchem Chris Lego and Jeff Shingleton Sharon and Marshall Magee, in honor of Jack and Kathryn Boyce Bill and Miki Mahood Alan and Joan Marcoccia Coates Susan Mark and Mary Knepper Virginia and Frederick Marty Jim and Julie Moore / Fletcher Foundation Amy and Chris Neumann Bob and Sally Neumann, Fund for Jazz and Innovative Programming Carole and Lloyd Novick Judy and Arnie Poltenson Louise Robinson Linda and Dan Roche Anne "Jigger" Roth David Rubin and Tina Press Al and Vicky Sabin Jean Shook and Chris Johnson, in honor of David & Louise Robinson Peter and Elsa Soderberg Margaret Sovik Carol and Bill Stokes-Cawley Hope and Sal Strods Doug Sutherland and Nancy Kramer Loren and Arleen VanRiper Jack and Judy Varney, in honor of David & Louise Robinson Adam and Kim Weitsman Doug and Peg Whitehouse Monica Williams, in honor of Louise Robinson
▼ Welcome to SkanFest!
From Artistic Directors Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin
Everywhere we go, people ask us about the Skaneateles Festival. Is it really as beautiful there as everyone says? Yes. Are you looking forward to the festival? Yes! What do you have in store for the programs? Well, …
Each season an exciting and diverse roster of artists from around the country and the world will join us at the festival. Many of them are at the absolute forefront of what they do — these are performers everywhere in demand.
When we speak with them, they often express how much they are genuinely looking forward to their arrival in Skaneateles. We tell them: wait until you meet the audience! We don't know a community anywhere that loves its festival more than Skaneateles. Talented and enthusiastic performers encouraged by an appreciative and supportive audience: this is a recipe for truly great music making.
Matching the performers with each other and with music to perform is one of our joys as artistic directors. We hope that in every program you will find something moving, something surprising, and something uplifting.
We feel so fortunate to be joining the Skaneateles community, and it is an honor and a pleasure to work with such a dedicated staff and volunteers. We truly hope your experience with the music—and with each other—is a memorable one. Please introduce yourself and share with us your thoughts on what you hear! We will be right there with you, taking it all in.
Aaron & Julie
▼ 2015 Season Schedule
Skaneateles Festival Wednesday, August 12: KidsFest - Aesop’s Fables: Music and Stories with Susan Reed First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org 11:00 AM Free Event
Nationally recognized singer-songwriter, violinist, banjo player, and storyteller Susan Reed delightfully blends folk music and stories in a participatory program of Aesop’s fables and her own original songs.
Skaneateles Festival Thursday, August 13: Opening Night First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
featuring: Jennifer Koh, violin; Maria Lambros, viola; Michael Kannen, cello; Julia Bruskin, cello; Orion Weiss, piano; Aaron Wunsch, piano, Jeffrey Irving and Ian Sullivan, percussion
Skaneateles Festival Friday, August 14: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
7:00 PM Backstage Pass: Making Music at the Met In the high-stakes world of grand opera, there is plenty of drama both on and off stage. Conductor Daniel Stewart, orchestra member Julia Bruskin, and star singer Lisette Oropesa share their stories. (open to ticket holders only)
8:00 PM: “Song and Dance” Bizet: Songs Adams: Road Movies Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Schubert: Octet
featuring: Jennifer Koh, violin; Julia Bruskin, cello; Orion Weiss, piano; Aaron Wunsch, piano; Lisette Oropesa, soprano; and Musicians from Met Opera
Skaneateles Festival Saturday, August 15: “A Night at the Met” Brook Farm, 2870 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Concert Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture Handel: Piangero la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare Mozart: Deh vieni from The Marriage of Figaro Donizetti: Chacun le sait from La Fille du Regiment Verdi: Sempre libera from La Traviata Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (arr. Klaus Simon)
featuring: Daniel Stewart, conductor; Lisette Oropesa, soprano; Met Opera musicians
Skaneateles Festival Thursday, August 20: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
7:00 PM Prelude Concert: featuring the 2015 Robinson Award winner, cellist Brian Gadbow.(free for ticket holders only)
J.S. Bach : Prelude from Suite in C Major Shostakovich: Prelude (arr. for 2 Cellos and Piano) Tchaikovsky: Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62
8:00 PM “Hungarian Revolution” J. S. Bach: Cantata excerpts for piano four-hands (arr. Kurtág) Enescu: Concert Piece Bartók: Contrasts Dohnanyi: Sextet
featuring: Anthony McGill, clarinet; Beth Guterman, viola; Stewart Rose, horn; Aaron Wunsch, piano; Claremont Trio
Skaneateles Festival Friday, August 21: “Coming Together” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
Mozart: “Kegelstatt” Trio Rzewski: Coming Together Brahms: Trio in B Major
featuring: Anthony McGill, clarinet; Beth Guterman, viola; Claremont Trio; NOW Ensemble; Dashon Burton, Narrator
Skaneateles Festival Saturday, August 22: NOW Ensemble and Roomful of Teeth Brook Farm, 2870 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Shaw: Partita (2013 Pulitzer Prize) Shaw: Ritornello (World Premiere) Greenstein: (World Premiere) Britelle: High Done No Why To Garbus: Quizassa Burke: How about NOW Greenstein: Change
featuring: Roomful of Teeth & NOW Ensemble
Skaneateles Festival Wednesday, August 26: Workshops for Music Students First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 11:00 AM
Artistic Directors Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin will lead informal daytime workshops for music students of all ages & abilities. All instruments welcome. Advance registration is required. For more info: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
Skaneateles Festival Thursday, August 27: ECCO - Music for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
2: Bartók: Duos for 2 violins 3: Dvorák: Miniatures 4: Wolf: Italian Serenade 5: Gershwin: Lullaby 6: Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
featuring: members of ECCO (the East Coast Chamber Orchestra)
Skaneateles Festival Friday, August 28: KidsFest “Krazy Klezmer” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org Free Event 11:00 AM
Explore the fascinating sounds of klezmer, vibrant Jewish folk music, sure to make you get up and dance. International star, David Krakauer leads his band of clarinet, accordion, bass, and drums- a program for all ages!
Skaneateles Festival Friday, August 28: “Pathways in Folk Music” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
Frank Martin: Trio on Irish Themes Smetana: Trio in G Minor New & Traditional Klezmer Music
featuring: David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet (clarinet, accordion, bass, drums); Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Peter Rovit, violin; Julia Bruskin, cello; Ken Olsen, cello; Xak Bjerken, piano; Aaron Wunsch, piano
Skaneateles Festival Saturday, August 29: The Four Seasons Brook Farm, 2870 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Summer & Fall Piazzolla: Four Seasons - Winter & Spring Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Stravinsky: Concerto in D Greenstein: Four on the Floor
featuring: ECCO (the East Coast Chamber Orchestra)
Skaneateles Festival Thursday, September 3: “An Evening with the Miro Quartet” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under For more information: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
Skaneateles Festival Friday, September 4: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
7:00PM Backstage Pass: Life in a String Quartet
8:00 PM Miro Quartet and Aeolus Quartet Dan Welcher: Museon Polemos for String Octet Mendelssohn: Octet
featuring: Miró Quartet and Aeolus Quartet
Skaneateles Festival Saturday, September 5: Festival Finale with Joshua Redman and Brooklyn Rider Brook Farm, 2870 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
The Skaneateles Festival is proud to present the U.S. premiere of a special collaboration between superstar jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and globetrotting string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Together with bassist Matt Penman and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi they perform Patrick Zimmerli’s Aspects of Darkness and Light, a dynamic mix of jazz, classical and world music.